How To Apply

Application Guide

Applications for entry to First Year

All first year applicants must apply for entry through the CAO system.  For details please see the information on CAO website 

The easiest and cheapest way to apply is by using the online application facility before 20 January in the year of application for entry.

Key CAO Dates

APPLICATION SEASON OPENS: 5 November 12:00 noon

ONLINE DISCOUNTED APPLICATION FEE (€25):  20 January at 5:15 pm



CHANGE OF MIND DATE (NO CHARGE): 1 July at 5:15 pm


Applicants with Disabilities

Apply to the Central Applications Office in the usual way at  IT Sligo is part of the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE), this is a third level admissions scheme which offers places on reduced points to applicants with disabilities. Please see our Students with Disabilities’ Brochure below or for further information

Download Students with Disabilities Brochure

For further information contact:-

Breaking the Mould Access Programme

The Breaking the Mould Access Programme is designed for students who have the academic ability to benefit from and succeed in higher education but who are under-represented at third level due to a variety of social and economic reasons, including long-term unemployment, low family income or little or no tradition of progression onto higher education.

The opportunity to participate in the Breaking the Mould Access Programme is available to students aged 22 and under, attending a post primary school or educational centre within the BMW region, which encompasses counties Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath. 

National Framework of Qualifications

The National Framework of Qualifications is standardisation of the qualifications system in Ireland. The Framework introduced a system of awards and helps to provide clarity to employers, learners and the public on the system of education and training in Ireland.

The National Framework of Qualifications is a system of 10 levels. Its transparent nature allows learners to compare and contrast qualifications, here in Ireland and Internationally. It assists employers in recognising and understanding the level and standard of qualifications.

The Institute of Technology Sligo offers courses that include each of the levels on the ladder below. The ‘ladder system’ enables students to progress from one qualification to the next level right up to PhD levels depending on academic achievements.


Direct Applications/Add-On and Transfer Applications

The Institute’s Higher Certificate and Ordinary Degree qualifications are designed to be terminal qualifications and to prepare people for employment. However, a significant number of students use these qualifications to transfer to Ordinary Degree or Honours Degree Courses in the Institute of Technology, Sligo and other Institutes of Technology and Universities. Students should be aware that the decision to admit transfers is totally at the discretion of the receiving institution.

At IT Sligo we offer our undergraduate students a broad choice of programmes across Higher Certificate, Bachelor Degree, and Honours Bachelor Degree Levels.

If you wish, after you graduate you can also study at Master’s and Doctoral level at IT Sligo, depending on your subject area and qualifications.

How Does Progression Work?
Whatever level you enter a programme, you can choose to graduate at that level or you can progress to the next level, providing of course you get the required grades.

To illustrate what this means, if you enter at Higher Certificate Level 6 you can choose to either graduate with a Higher Certificate or, you can progress on to Level 7 and beyond. Every student in IT Sligo can progress to at least Honours degree (Level 8) and there are many opportunities to progress to PhD Level 10.

Add-on Information Sheet

Transfer Applications

Applicants who wish to apply to transfer into any of the following courses should apply directly to the Admissions office by down loading the application form attached below.


    Transfer Application Form

Social Studies Applicants

Applicants wishing to transfer into year 2 or 3 of the BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care must download the below transfer Application Form. This also includes a Placement Reference Form. This Reference Form must be completed by the college tutor who supervised your placement. Applications will not be considered without the Placement reference.

Download HETAC  standards for Social Care students

One of the stipulations is that a total of 800 hours of appropriately supervised social care placement must be successfully passed before a student can graduate. As our students complete 400 hours in each of years 2 and 3, this means that any student who hopes to transfer into year 3 must have already completed at least 400 hours placement in a social care context or otherwise it will not be possible to achieve minimum standards for HETAC.

Transfer Application Form – Social Studies

Postgraduate Progression
If you complete an Honours Bachelor Degree at Level 8 you can go on to study at postgraduate study. More information on our postgraduate programmes at Master’s and Doctoral level are available in our prospectus.

International (Non-EU) Citizens

International applicants (including Erasmus and Socrates should apply directly to the Institute’s International Office (not to the CAO): Ms Eileen Gillen Tel: +353 71 91 37347, Fax: +353 71 91 44500,

Original documentation with translation, where required, should be submitted to the Institute to indicate the level of achievement in academic examinations which are regarded as equivalent to Ireland’s Leaving Certificate. Oral and written proficiency in the English language is essential. Tuition Fees for International (Non-EU) Citizens are €11,500 per annum for Higher Certificate, Ordinary Degree and Honours Degree programmes. This includes the Institute’s registration/exam fee. The annual increase of these fees will be in line with the Department of Education and Science increase in tuition fees for the previous year. A quota of 5% of first year places is allocated to International (Non-EU) students.

For more information, visit our International Section

Garda Vetting

A number of programmes in the Institute of Technology, Sligo, especially in the areas of social work and education, require students to undertake placements that will bring them into contact with children or vulnerable adults and in which they will assume positions of trust. To ensure the protection of the public, and justify public trust and confidence, the Institute is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake these programmes. The Institute of Technology, Sligo, will use the Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) vetting service to assist us in assessing the suitability of such applicants.  In some cases, we may also require applicants to provide an enhanced disclosure by the completion of an affidavit.

Students with Criminal Convictions
A student with a criminal conviction should note that his/her conviction could affect his/her ability to secure placement on relevant courses. A student with a criminal conviction should note that his/her conviction affects his/her ability to secure placement on this course and as a result he/she is strongly advised not to apply for this course as the Institute accepts no responsibility if he/she is unable to complete his/her studies.  Applicants who have a criminal conviction will be assessed in line with the IT Sligo Policy for applicants with a Criminal Conviction.


2015/16 Prospectus